Monday, 25 July 2016

MPOV: Makan Channel

A new restaurant in the old neighbourhood so it's a must try for me especially since I've heard many rave reviews LOL!

Well, it is strategically located next to Maybank, facing the main road and Jaya 33 mall. The only slack part is parking as it is difficult to get a parking here, more so during peak hours.
The ambience is warm and cosy so having dinner alone is ok and I brought my book to accompany me.

I've ordered Nasi Goreng Kampung - specifically asked for 'not spicy' and it came with good kampung taste, no chilli but added black pepper which tasted really good. If only they had reduced the oil then it will be perfect.

My Teh Tarik - specifically asked for less sweet and it turned out just right but the tea tasted different, unlike the usual tea from mamak restaurants.

Price wise a little over the top for some on the menu but there are some on the low side so quite reasonable for all walks of life. My total bill was RM9.10 so it's fine with such comfy ambience.
Overall, it was a pleasant experience and I did enjoy having my dinner alone with my book while glancing at Catwoman, on their TV lah! They were on HBO channel :-)
Shisha corner
The only downside which I didn't quite like was the shisha corner. Yeap, for those who enjoy sucking in unnatural gas, you can check them out. Thankfully there was no yucky smell around me then!

My rating: 3.5/5

Location: next to Maybank, Jalan 14/14, Sec 14, PJ
Type: mamak + western style, no pork, no lard

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

MPOV: Monstress, Vol.1: Awakening (e-ARC)

Monstress Collected Editions #1
Note: I have received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange of my honest point of view.

Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.

About the Creators:

New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes the bestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston.

Sana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as "X-23" and "Ms. Marvel" for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.

The above taken from Edelweiss.

Unfortunately, I got this by accident thinking it's a novel. To be honest, I was captivated by the stunning cover hence I quickly downloaded it. When I finally had the time to read it then only I realised it's a graphic novel. This is my first so I gave it a try and slowly discovered it's not my cup of tea. 

Fully illustrated by Sana Takeda, it was so detailed with as much angst and gory that it did turned me off a bit. I think I scrutinised it a bit as I didn't realised graphics can be so realistic yet vulgar and I tried my best to enjoy it. In a way, I now understand why it's such a biggie for anime lovers. 

The story itself is kinda good actually. Marjorie is a badass lawyer as she truly can envisioned such fantasy! I think I would have enjoyed more in the writing format and not the graphic form. Of course, the comic version is more lengthy with less words needed so the thrill for the next novel builds up easily in illustration as opposed to writing. 

Alas, I have to admit defeat, even though I enjoyed the story, I wasn't into the graphics. So the higher rating is more for the efforts pumped in by both authors. I'm not surprised it's one of the top as the significance of the book, the quality and uniqueness says it all.

Goodreads rating: 4.4
My rating: 3/5

Author: Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
Publisher: Image Comics
Published date: 19/7/2016
Genre: comic, graphic novel, sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

MPOV: Tony Moly I'm Real Aloe Mask Sheet

I seldom do review on beauty products as I'd rather not take a selfie especially since I always looked awkward LOL! I guess lots of practice makes it perfect then! Anyway, I've recently gotten some Korean Tony Moly I'm Real masks from my sister so I thought of blogging about it :-)

I've started off with this Aloe Mask Sheet Moisturizing:

Lately, I've noticed my skin tends to feel dry and even flaky. I know one main factor is the constant use of air-con due to the hot and humid weather lately. Also, the lack of H2O and juice but lets not dwell on that. 

This mask, though I did not chill it, was really cooling to use and very soothing on my skin. I did not feel any irritation and it was so comfortable that I've overshot the 20 mins timing! Also, there's no yucky perfumery, in fact there's no smell, so I didn't feel giddy. The result, a supple and moisturised skin :-)
Please ignore my sad face... never a natural with selfie LOL!
Easy to apply on and to remove it, I am loving this mask already. I still have another few more to try before I decided to hunt for some good masks. I am not getting any younger so I definitely need all the loving masks to spoil, I mean replenish, my skin with LOL!

Monday, 18 July 2016

My birthday recap!

I am truly a happy camper! At 44 years old, I am still a child inside! Though no frivolous celebration, receiving all these wonderful birthday gifts was a blessing especially since it was mostly unexpected! So this is a recap for my older self to view by in the future :-)

Firstly, I wanna say thank you to Line Fun for gifting me this cute Cony doll! I've tried winning a prize for ages and finally this happened... it was unbelievable as it happened just a few days before my birthday!

It's so adorable!!!
Hub's actually gave me my gifts way earlier... the first lah... a couple of Starbucks tumblers from overseas and then he did this... *drooling*
Hubby cooked sambal prawns for me! Yummy max!!!
Bro Ryan and wife unexpectedly dropped by and gifted me with this!
Both fitted just right and I'm loving it!
My colleague, Patrick, unexpectedly treated me with these sinful yummies!
This is to die for... my favourite!
Last but not least, another unexpected gift as I didn't like announced to the world my birthday but Ai Jou suddenly gave me one a week prior when we met up! I was truly surprised! And I was even more surprised after opening it on my birthday!
A book gift!!! What more can I say??? Instant joy in my books!!!
Also, thank you to all the well wishes I had received via Skype, Whatsapp, Line Chat, Wechat and Facebook. I am forever grateful to all who remembered my birthday. I felt truly blessed and thankful to have so many real friends. You know what I mean...

#sparksjoy #thankful #grateful #blessed

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

MPOV: Pele: Birth of a legend

A heart warming tale of how Pele started in football. When he was young, he hated being called Pele by the bullies. He's always playing with his friends barefooted regardless of the environment as they were really poor. His mom worked as a cleaner in a rich man's house and his father a janitor in a hospital.

The above taken from Wikipedia. 

I didn't know Pele grew up in a poor neighbourhood... that definitely explains his humble self. He is really talented, perhaps more gifted in Gingha style football and brought Brazil to the eyes of the world! Truly a legendary football player in his own right, I'm glad I got to watch how his career started, a very eye opening experience. I'm deeply moved by his insecurity, his self worth and his humble beginnings. A biopic worth watching.

IMDb rating: 7.4/10
My rating: 4/5

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
Casts: Kevin de Paula, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney
Category: A 2016 American biographical film 

Monday, 11 July 2016

MPOV: Footloose (e-ARC)

Note: I have received this e-ARC from Edelweiss in exchange of my honest review.

Have a rockin' time introducing children to Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins himself. Features a bonus CD with the new children's "Footloose," performed by Kenny Loggins.

Time to cut loose! Have a rockin' time introducing children to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. As a zookeeper named Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party, this new original story from Loggins is sure to get your feet moving. Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin' chimp Louise ("Geez, Louise"), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie ("Oo Wee, Marie"), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals!

To add to the fun, the book includes a CD with new recordings by Kenny Loggins. Kids and parents can sing along to the classic hit with new lyrics, as well as a three-song medley families will love.

The above taken from Goodreads.

Though a short, 28 pager, it is an entertaining read with lots of beautiful illustrations of so many adorable animals! Definitely a page turner! Lyrics have been changed for the younger audience befitting the zoo theme but I can definitely sing along to the original tune! A straightforward yet catchy book with colourful illustrations suitable for children of any ages, including adults LOL!

Goodreads rating: 3.86
My rating: 5/5

Author: Kenny Loggins & Tim Bowers
Publisher: MoonDance Press
Published date: 18th October 2016
Genre: illustrated book for children age 2 to 6

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